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    05/02/2016 - EGYPT – ITALY

    Egyptian authorities have launched an investigation into the murder of the young researcher whose body shows signs of torture and injury. For some, it was a political crime; others point to the lack of evidence. For young activist: " Neither the police nor the security services have any reason” to harm “a foreigner". Meanwhile, “The Egyptian Church will pray for him and his family,” Church spokesman said.




    05/02/2016 - RUSSIA – VATICAN

    For Russian Patriarchate, the “genocide of the Christian population” made the Kirill-Francis meeting urgent


    Metropolitan Hilarion told a press conference that despite unresolved issues such like the expansion of the Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Ukraine, the Moscow Patriarchate hopes that the meeting "will open a new page in the relations between the two Churches”.


    05/02/2016 - HOLY LAND

    The Church of the Holy Land mourns the passing of Jeries Khoury


    The 64-year-old of Palestinian died on 3 February in Rome, where he was to attend a papal audience. A scholar of comparative religions, since 1988 he was director of the Al-Liqa’ Center, an institute dedicated to exchanges with Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land.


    05/02/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Christians and Muslims mourn Matthew Bose, Bangladesh’s’ genius of sacred hymns"

    by Sumon Corraya

    The composer and director died aged 77. He was the main figure of Bangladeshi sacred music and directed a choir of 1,000 people during the visit of St. John Paul II in 1986. He has written more than 50 hymns. Muslim engineer: "He was a great man, may God give him peace and rest."


    05/02/2016 - VATICAN - RUSSIA

    Francis to meet Kirill in first meeting in history between a pope and a patriarch of Moscow


    Their meeting will take place in Cuba, where Francis will stop before he travels to Mexico. The two are expected to sign a joint statement after a two-hour private talk.


    05/02/2016 - INDIA

    Maharashtra: Pentecostal pastor arrested on charges of practicing black magic


    Rev Sebastian Marin was detained along with two members of the prayer centre he directs. The three are accused of violating the state’s Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Act, a law against witchcraft. For Sajan K George, "Jesus is the Healer and there's nothing magic about praying or laying hands”.


    05/02/2016 - INDIA – AUSTRALIA

    India-Australia interfaith pilgrimage, to reinvigorate the dialogue between faiths

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Australian religious leaders arrive tomorrow in the Indian capital. From here, they embark on a pilgrimage across the country. Islam expert Fr Victor Edwin SJ has arranged various meetings and visits, including to a Delhi mosque and shrine.


    05/02/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Pope’s interview on China: enthusiasm and skepticism among Chinese Catholics. Some priests face police pressure

    by Maria Chen

    State newspapers and radio report on Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. There are those who dream of an impending papal visit to China. Underground priests subjected to interrogation. Appreciation for "the olive branch" extended by the Pope and for his pointing out the value of Chinese culture. But skepticism surrounds Beijing leadership’s response. The dialogue between China and the Vatican cannot bring results, because there are different interests at play, both political and religious. Diplomatic relations cannot come at the cost of the freedom of the Church and the sacrifices of its martyrs. The Chinese Church is growing.


    05/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "God’s style is not man's", God wins with humility


    Commenting on the death of John the Baptist, Francis invites us to "ask the Lord for the grace of humility that John had without bestowing us with the merits or glories of others. And above all, the grace that there is always space in our lives for Jesus to grow and that we abase ourselves, to the very end. "


    05/02/2016 - SYRIA

    Moscow accuses Ankara of wanting to invade Syria. Riyadh prepares for ground operations against Isis


     The Russian Defense Ministry has accused the Turks of preparing military "operations" in Syria. Saudi Arabia ready to support the US coalition in case of ground operations against the Islamic state. Geneva peace talks suspended, while tensions rise over Syrian arena.


    04/02/2016 - LEBANON

    Remembering war to reach "reconciliation" between Lebanese Christian groups

    by Fady Noun

    The meeting between Aoun and Geagea does not erase the mistakes of the past nor the memory of Lebanon’s bloody conflict. Its history is that of a country in an almost permanent state of instability. To go from phoney to real civil peace, memory must be “purified” in the interests of peace, justice and truth.


    04/02/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Card Ranjith calls for national unity to build peace


    Today Sri Lanka marks its independence from British colonial rule. In his message for the occasion, the archbishop of Colombo calls for building "coexistence and joy." For the first time, during the event, the national anthem was sung in Tamil. Some activists march in the capital, demanding the release of Tamil political prisoners.


    04/02/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    By courting Beijing, Pope Francis is losing China (as well as Hong Kong)

    by John Mok Chit Wai, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Talking about "China" is risky because the word can refer to China’s culture, civilization, and people but also to its one-party Communist state, i.e. the People's Republic of China. With his interview to Asia Times, the pontiff might be renewing with the policy of Ostpolitik pursued by the late Vatican Secretary of State Agostino Cardinal Casaroli, which had disastrous effects on religious freedom in Communist countries. Here is an analysis by a Hong Kong-based scholar.


    04/02/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church


    After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.


    04/02/2016 - LEBANON – SYRIA

    Caritas Lebanon asks donor countries for more aid, calls for a stop to the war and arms trade


    Fr Paul Karam is in London for the Syria donor conference. For him, the priority is to stop the conflict. So far, "personal interests" have prevailed with "the civilian population" paying the price. The Middle East is "a raging volcano" that can be stymied by following the path of peace outlined by Pope Francis.


    04/02/2016 - MALAYSIA

    Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu: support for the family, against chaos, on Chinese New Year


    In his message for the lunar New Year, which falls on 8 February, Mgr John Wong says, the family is the “foundation of society. When family units are broken, the order of society and the world will be in chaos”. Materialism and selfishness are the first enemies of the family. According to Chinese tradition, New Year family “reunion dinner was a day not to be missed but to be greatly treasured.”


    04/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the best inheritance we can leave is faith in God who "never disappoints"


    Thinking of our "final passage" which is "a light which illuminates life", "is a reality that we must always have before us".  We must ask God to not fear death.


    04/02/2016 - JORDAN - SYRIA

    Syrian crisis brings Jordan to verge of collapse amid risk of silent fanaticism


    An AsiaNews source describes a situation "at breaking point. There is no housing, water  or work". The government has so far maintained "control", but long-term projects are needed as well as peace in Syria, because the refugees "want to return to their country”.  The increasing risk of a "silent fanaticism" that could flare up. In the midst of chaos, the reality of Karak Hospital, whichcontinues to assist pregnant women and children.


    04/02/2016 - INDONESIA

    LGBT seminar broken up by Muslim extremists

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    A dozen members of Islam Defenders Front raided a Jakarta hotel, where the meeting on human rights was taking place. After hours of threats and negotiations with police, participants were evacuated for "security reasons".


    04/02/2016 - UN - SYRIA

    Geneva UN negotiations for peace in Syria suspended. Both sides play blame game


    Special envoy Staffan de Mistura claims it is just a temporary break and is not a sign of the failure of the talks. But experts say: "Negotiations never really begun." Opposition accuse the government of bombing and starving people. Damascus says rebels backed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


    04/02/2016 - AUSTRALIA

    Australian churches offer themselves as a "sanctuary for refugees" who risk deportation


    The High Court rules "legitimate"  the government's decision to move hundreds of migrants on the island of Nauru, where there are some prisons that "host" asylum seekers. Christian communities in the country offer their facilities to prevent deportation. The executive: "The Christians have the right to think whatever they want, but they are not above the law." Thousands march for migrants.


     


    03/02/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    For Card Tagle, 20 cents a day to save 25,000 children from hunger


    In his pastoral letter for Ash Wednesday, the archbishop calls on the faithful to replenish the ‘Pondo ng Pinoy’ programme. Feeding children is a concrete act of charity in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and a lot can be done with a little for malnourished children.


    03/02/2016 - CHINA

    New Year paralyses Guangzhou station with 100,000 people stuck waiting for a train


    Hordes of passengers swamp the main railway station in China’s southern metropolis because bad weather has led to major delays and cancellations. Thousands of passengers arrived two days in advance for fear of losing their train. The national railway authority expects to carry 332 million passengers this season for some 2.91 billion-passenger trips.


    03/02/2016 - INDONESIA

    Christians and Muslims for responsible parenthood in lieu of birth controls

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    From 25 to 28 January, Indonesia hosted an International Conference on Family Planning, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For years, Indonesia’s main religions have worked with the government to educate families about responsible parenthood. For Muslim scholar, in Islam, there is the concept of al-mashalihul Ammah, i.e. the common good. "The number of people in a country or individuals in a family is a crucial point in Islam,” he said.


    03/02/2016 - IRAQ

    Chaldean bishop backs Barzani on referendum for Kurdish independence


    The Kurdish leader says that the "time has come” for the Kurdish people to decide “their future”. A consultative referendum would express the “will" of the people. Mgr Rabban al-Qas backs a secular basis, open to all faiths, based on shared citizenship and equal rights.


    03/02/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan shut down 182 madrassas since Peshawar massacre


    Pakistani authorities are pursuing a broad strategy to counter Islamic terrorism, detaining thousands of people, seizing hate speech material, freezing bank accounts, and closing religious seminaries. Law enforcement agencies have also gone after extremist groups’ money and the media tools they use to spread radical ideas.


    03/02/2016 - VIETNAM

    Redemptorists in Saigon: we help veterans, abandoned for 41 years

    by Trung Thanh

    Over the past three years, the congregation has given support to over 3 thousand former soldiers of South Vietnam, wounded or maimed. "It is not a political choice: we help them because of our faith." Since their arrival in Vietnam in 1921, the Redemptorists work in favor of the poor and marginalized.

     


    03/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God wants to save us all; His mercy "fulfills justice"


    Forgiving and helping the offender to recognize and reject evil is also "a way to resolve conflicts within families, in relationships between spouses or between parents and children, where the offended love the offender and want to save the relationship that binds them to each other. Do not cut off that relationship." "It is a great responsibility to be confessors, so great, because the son, the daughter who comes to you only wants to have a father. And you, the priest, you're there in the confessional, you stand there in the place of the Father who does justice with His mercy".


    03/02/2016 - NEPAL

    Kathmandu denies repatriation to 300,000 Nepalese abused in Malaysia

    by Christopher Sharma

    About one million Nepalese migrants work in Malaysia. A third of them have asked to return home because of problems related to the currency crisis, insecurity and because they suffer torture. Nepal, however, still "suffers from the earthquake and the Indian embargo" and Kathmandu does not know how to re-employ migrants. Kuala Lumpur will not issue regular contracts, while calling for more women workers "who end up in the sex trade."

     


    03/02/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Mercy: Christians and Muslims visit prisoners



    Marking World Week for Inter-religious Harmony, youth groups have organized various charitable activities. PIME missionary: "The prisoners take turns to sleep, there are not enough beds. Thanks to the meeting with young people they experience dialogue and witness from inside their cells".






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    CHINA – VATICAN
    Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church



    After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.


    INDIA – PHILIPPINES
    Archbishop of Guwahati: In Asia religion is not dying, the faithful take strength from the Eucharist



    Mgr Menamparampil is among the speakers at the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines. He was also a conflict mediator between various ethnic groups. He told AsiaNews about the value of the Congress for the Catholic Church in Asia and how people can bear witness the Gospel today, even amid tensions and violence of those who "hate us." "with the same pain in our hearts that we descend to our depths during a Eucharistic adoration."


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